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Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH: Plymouth County, MA

Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 67
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 8
Population 492,066
Drug-related deaths per 100,000 population 13.6
Drug-related suicide deaths per 100,000 population 1.6

Deaths by manner of death, 2008
Suicide 10.7%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 2.7%
Accidental 85.3%
Natural 1.3%

Place of death, 2008
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 31
Home 22
Public place --
Other 11
Not documented --

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 0
Home 6
Public place 0
Other --
Not documented 0

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2008
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 16 42 58
Alcohol 0 25 25
Cocaine 2 16 18
Benzodiazepines 0 13 13
Antidepressants 0 12 12

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2008
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 19.1
Female 8.3

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.0
21 to 34 24.7
35 to 54 22.7
55 and over 10.5

Drug-related deaths by drug category, 2007-2008
Drug category Drug-related Drug-related suicide
Deaths, 2007 Deaths, 2008 Single-drug deaths, 2008 Deaths, 2007 Deaths, 2008 Single-drug deaths, 2008

* Includes alcohol in combination with other drugs (all ages) and alcohol alone in decedents under age 21.
Includes MDMA (Ecstasy), GHB, flunitrazepam (Rohypnol), and ketamine.
†† Includes PCP, LSD, and miscellaneous hallucinogens.

ALL DRUGS 67 67 19 7 8 0
Alcohol* 17 25 0 -- 4  
Cocaine 36 18 -- -- 0  
Marijuana 5 4 0 0 0  
Stimulants 6 -- 0 0 --  
Club drugs 0 0 0 0 0  
Hallucinogens†† 0 0 0 0 0  
Inhalants 0 0 0 -- --  
Antidepressants 12 12 0 -- --  
Antipsychotics -- -- 0 0 --  
Benzodiazepines 8 13 0 -- --  
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics -- -- 0 -- --  
Opiates/opioids 56 58 16 -- --  
– Heroin (specified) 6 5 0 0 0  
– Methadone 13 6 -- 0 0  
– All other opiates/opioids 44 49 15 -- --  
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 0 0 0 --  
Salicylates/combinations 0 0 0 0 0  
Misc. analgesics/combinations 0 -- 0 -- --  
Anticonvulsants 0 0 0 0 0  
Muscle relaxants 0 -- 0 0 0  

End Notes

1. Drug-related deaths exclude suicides.
2. All death rates are per 100,000 population.
3. -- A number less than 4 has been suppressed.
SOURCE: Office of Applied Studies, SAMHSA, Drug Abuse Warning Network, 2008 (08/2009 update).

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